I wholeheartedly support the development of a bicycle skills park in McLaren Park. I was born and raised in and around the Excelsior neighborhoods. McLaren Park has been my playground and secret riding spot all my life. As a kid BMX was a huge part of the local neighborhood culture. Bands of working class Latino, Filipino, Black and White kids used to run the streets searching out dirt jumps, backyard ramps, and asphalt fixtures. Armed with our dads tools we built dirt tracks & ramps at Cotter St, Alemany Blvd, Cayuga Park, Corpus Christi… Many of us joined race teams with the two local bike shops at the time- Borelli’s & R/P Racing- and traveled the state racing in BMX competitions.
As I raise my four kids less than a mile away from McLaren Park I am confident a bicycle skills park will cultivate a new generation of bike riders on the South East side of the city. I know first hand the importance of having positive recreational activities that fall outside of the traditional sports. Bicycling has been my life saver, it kept me out of trouble and connected me to a tight knit group of friends, including community members who supported us. I look forward to a bicycle skills park that is community driven and supported by local residents, community organizations, area schools, churches and small businesses.
Male 37. 94112. 3/26/2010 23:44:49